|On September 18, 1853, the bark Oriole, which was bringing the building materials to the site, wrecked directly below the cape. The crew narrowly escaped with their lives. The entire cargo was lost. Two years later construction finally got underway, but was again delayed when it was discovered that the upper diameter of the tower was not large enough to accommodate the lantern room for the four-ton, first-order Fresnel Lens. The entire tower had to be dismantled brick by brick and rebuilt.